Weight Loss Progress

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Relationship With Food

There have been a few people in the past week who talked to me about my eating and that I should be eating more. My Mom, Josie, and a co-worker are just a few of them. They all know that I have the LapBand, so they are aware of my dietary restrictions.

I know that there concerns are coming from caring for me, so I have been in deep thought about this.

According to my Doctor I should be eating anywhere between 800-1000 calories per day. I average around 900 calories per day before exercise (which exercising in the past seven days has not been done-at the gym at least). So, I am on target with what the Doctor says.

I just wonder if I should be eating more. I don't fear eating or food. Or maybe I do. I don't trust myself eating cakes, brownies, cookies, rice, carbs, sugar, etc. I don't know if I could portion that out, and if I can what will the ramifications of my cravings be?

I have had tortilla chips (twice) and I ate them and enjoyed them (only like 8 chips or so) but it did not spur any cravings. So that was good.

Then there is the problem that if I am only to eat 800-1000 calories per day, where can I fit in the 50-100 calories per meal for carbs. If I am to follow the LapBand Rules then carbs and "treats" should be minimal.

I must have problems with balancing. I feel balanced now, but am I really if I do not eat carbs and sugar? But I don't necessarily want to. It may not be normal, but I feel fine. I am still getting some carbs from fruits and vegetables but I don't know why I would need rice or pasta. I am happy now.

As for calories, my doctor and nutritionist say 800-1000 per day. On forums and blogs I have read 1000-1500 per day for individuals in weight loss mode. So, it seems to be up in the air and dependent upon the doctor. I obviously have a more aggressive doctor. But I also have more aggressive results- 97.8 pounds gone in 22 weeks.

It is hard for me to argue with the results, but I do wonder if my body would respond better to more calories? I mean WW followers usually eat 1300-1600 calories per day and lose 2lbs per week, so on the weeks when I don't lose weight is my body thinking it is starving?

Sometimes I think that I think too much about all of this. Then other times I worry that I might be developing an off relationship with food. But I still eat and cook. I just do so in really small amounts to meet the Doctors orders of 800-1000 calories per day.

I do still enjoy food, and that shouldn't ever change. I do eat now more for fuel, but hey it should be good fuel. LOL.

This has been a rambling post, but this is the confusion that I have. Am I doing it right? Because even at the support groups I seem to be one of the only ones following the Doctors order of 800-1000. I don't know.

But in the end it is working so do you mess with something that is working?

On a more upbeat note, I need to lose .9 more pounds (less than one pound) to move from being obese to just plain ol' "overweight"! And 2.6 more pounds to go to be at 100 pounds lost! A-MAZ-ING!!!

Till later and please feel free to drop me some advice...or just some love!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Karate Jacket- From 1993!!

This was my Tang Soo Do Jacket from when I was 11 years old and did karate for two years.

I loved karate and still do, it honestly bothers me that I quit. I know I broke my foot, but I should have kept doing it once my foot healed.

But the jacket was something that my Aunt Helen bought for me and I could never get rid of it. Even when it was just a joke putting it on. I would always put it on and do the Tommy Boy "Big girl in a little coat" joke.

Well, I was doing my coat and hoodie closet gut on Sunday and came across the jacket. Josie and I both tried it on and it fit- both of us! Not together, but we both tried it on and it fit!!! Amazing!

I guess this would be a major Non-Scale Victory (NSV)!!!

I am so proud of both of our progress! Amazed and loving life!

Front view (with action pose)

Rear View! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weight Watchers- Lose for Good Campaign/Lose-A-Palooza

My Lose for Good Shirt (Size L) and in Pink!!!
Today is Weight Watcher's Lose-A-Palooza Day!!!

Lose-A-Palooza is a special one-day social media event, part of the Lose For Good® campaign to benefit Share Our Strength® and Action Against Hunger. Today only, for every approved mention or acknowledgement of “Lose For Good® on Twitter, Facebook, on blogs, as well as check-ins on Facebook Places and our official Lose For Good® Community Challenge, Weight Watchers will donate $1* - up to $75,000 - as part of our Lose For Good donation to our charitable partners. 

The Lose For Good Campaign is something that Weight Watchers has done for several years now and it is a great thing! For every pound of weight that is lost at their meetings for 6 weeks (until the middle of October) Weight Watchers will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry or Action Against Hunger, up to $1 million dollars. No

Kid Hungry is an organization that focus on food shortages in AMERICA and we all should support that- no child should be hungry in America when we have such opulence of food around us. That's horrible to me on so many levels. No Kid Hungry is the organization that assisted in providing the free breakfast and lunch program for students in New Haven, CT during the summer of 2011.

Action Against Hunger focuses on fighting hunger world wide.

Weight Watchers also recommends that its' members donate to the causes, to local food pantries, or purchase one of their Lose For Good items where all proceeds go to the cause of fighting hunger. I purchased the pink Lose for Good T-Shirt (in size Large!!!!) and have donated 12 pounds of food to my meeting location (which is giving their food to the Portland Food Pantry in Portland, CT).

This is a great cause and a great motivation. For every pounds of fat that I lose I donate one pound of food to the local food pantry, so as I lose I not only make myself healthier but I am helping those who are less fortunate. Makes me feel good on so many levels. I will keep doing this even after Weight Watcher's Lose for Good Campaign is over.

Thank you Weight Watchers- you are helping me to change my life and my priorities!!

189.8 and 187.4 In One Week.....Woo Hoo!

Yup. That's right! I got down to 189.8 on Wednesday (9.14.11)

Out of the 190's and into the 180's!
And by Friday I was down to 187.4. (9.16.11)

Booyah!!! Keepin' the pounds burning off! I love it!
I am so happy to see the scale moving in the downward directions. I am hoping that it keeps doing that. I am doing what I need to do (keeping the calories between 800-1000 per day and exercising daily) so lets hope the weight keeps dropping.

I am so happy! A few more pounds and I will be the lightest that I have been in my adult life, I will be just overweight not obese or morbidly obese, and when I get to 184 I will have lost 100 pounds since pre-op! And I feel great!!!

Amazing.  I am flying high!!!